Did you know that a TV series called Kingdom Hearts was already in development in the day before? Well, it was, and the original director shared the pilot earlier this week.
The Kingdom Hearts TV series was a British-inspired series, but it never got off the ground. Over the years, bits and pieces of the show, like storyboards and diverse pieces of art, have been discovered online, but a full pilot has been the holy grail that fans have been following for years. Now, director of the project Seth Kearsley has shared the animatic pilot online, which honestly isn''t the worst thing in the world.
Jiminy Cricket, who plays Sora in the original game, gets the animatic on Pinocchio, and he fits fairly well as such as keeping a journal of the games canonically. It''s definitely rough around the edges, as it''s an animatic rather than fully animated.
Pretty much all of the voice cast has been reinstated, with Haley Joel Osment the only one missing as Sora himself, apparently due to scheduling difficulties, making this one of the rare occasions he hasn''t actually voiced the character.
Kingdom Hearts can sometimes struggle to capture the characteristics of characters like Donald and Goofy, often having their own take on them, but the pilot is more than just how they are in other roles.
The pilot is also very condensed, revealing just about what you need to know, with the majority of it being on Agrabah from Aladdin.
Due to a serious car crash he experienced in January of this year that nearly took his life, Kearsley decided to share a pilot''s work with others he hadn''t previously planned.
As he explained, Kearsley has since dropped his upload, and someone at Disney "was politely asked me to take it down." Although he stated, another person has removed it, but you still have to check it out.
Overall it''s an interesting look at an alternate world, one that would have featured a very early Disney show taking on Kingdom Hearts. Whether that''s a better planet or not, we''ll never know.